After weeks of negotiations, the Franklin County School District reached an agreement with teachers and support staff. The decision will help offset a nearly 600 thousand dollar revenue shortfall which caused the district to declare financial urgency back in January.
At first, some of the suggested solutions seemed very drastic to the employees, like taking a 19.5 percent pay cut. Now, it seems both sides have come to a favorable agreement.
Both the District and the employees are agreeing to ratify a salary schedule change and furlough days. The employees will receive full payment but with a two pay-period delay. In other words, the employees will receive two June pay checks in July, which begins next year's budget. Employees will also take two furlough days.
Josh Wright the spokesman for the Franklin County teacher's union says this agreement received more than 90 percent support from the teachers, and nearly 80 percent backing from the support staff.
"It's resounding. It's amicable. We we're pleased that we could be that creative and still not endure such a major change," says Wright. "It's still going to be an inconvenience. There's no doubt about that. But they've stepped to the plate as a group, and at the administrative end of it, to sacrifice for the benefit of the community."
The Franklin County School Board will vote on the changes at the February 21st School Board Meeting.